Flack: Flack's Week

Congrats to PLMR managing director Kevin Craig who has been made one of the London Evening Standard's official Olympic torchbearers.

The public affairs boss was nominated by readers after some fine work in the local community - he helped a family recover from a fatal bus crash and set up a charity that funds prosthetic limbs for children ... In other lobbying news, roll up, roll up for the big debate. Maybe.

Lansons' head of public affairs (and author of the standupforlobbying blog) Mark Adams has challenged the notorious blogger Guido Fawkes to a duel. The motion? 'Lobbyists are paid to thwart the democratic will'. Now, which agency's recent behaviour could have given anyone that impression? ... The X Factor loser Amelia Lily is, according to Darlington-based Recognition PR, worth a cool £21m in PR. The total was reached by adding up her airtime and translating it to advertising value. Let's hope Recognition doesn't enter this into next year's PRWeek Awards - we all know AVEs are so last season ... Finally, PR is all about timing - so hats off to US agency Fenton Communications, which launched in the UK this week just as the dog-related Benton/Fenton hysteria dies down. However, Flack feels the US firm is missing a trick by keeping its 'progress accelerated' strapline, rather than the more crowd-pleasing 'Fenton Communications: oh Jesus Christ ...'

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